Free Walking Tour Kyoto

Duration: 3h
Languages: English
Quality Verified Registered on December 11, 2023

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  • No minimum number of attendees
    No minimum number of attendees is required for the tour
  • Free booking and cancellation
    Free payment tour, no set price, booking and cancellation are free

Tour description

Experience the charm of Kyoto with the Free Walking Tour offered by Kyoto Localized. Led by knowledgeable guides, this tour takes you through the cultural heart of the city, providing insights into its rich history and traditions. Explore iconic landmarks and hidden gems, including famous temples and historic sites, all while learning about Kyoto's unique heritage. Immerse yourself in the local atmosphere as you stroll through scenic neighborhoods, and enjoy a well-rounded introduction to the cultural and historical tapestry that defines Kyoto. 
With a blend of popular attractions and lesser-known treasures, the Free Walking Tour offers a captivating glimpse into the soul of this historic Japanese city. 

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What will we visit on this tour?

  • Meeting point:
    105-1 Hashimotochō, Shimogyo Ward, Ky...
    105-1 Hashimotochō, Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto, 600-8011, Japan
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    Your guide will be waiting in front of McDonald's Shijo Ohashi with Kyoto Localized Logo Board.

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    Outside visit
    Shijo-ohashi Bridge

    Shijo Ohashi spans the picturesque Kamogawa River in Kyoto, connecting the Gion district with the bustling Shijo Kawaramachi area. This historic bridge offers stunning views of the river and surrounding scenery, making it a popular spot for both locals and tourists. Crossing Shijo Ohashi provides a charming experience, with the flowing Kamogawa River below and the vibrant atmosphere of Kyoto's city life all around.

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    Outside visit
    Gion Tatsumi Bridge

    Gion Tatsumi Bridge is a scenic bridge in the historic Gion district of Kyoto. Crossing the Shirakawa Canal, the bridge offers picturesque views of traditional machiya houses and willow-lined waterways. It's a charming spot that embodies the timeless beauty and cultural richness of Kyoto's Gion area.

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    Free admission
    Chion-in Temple

    Chion-in Temple, located in Kyoto, is a historic and expansive Buddhist temple complex known for its grand architecture and serene gardens. As the headquarters of the Jodo sect, it houses impressive structures, including the massive Sanmon gate and the main hall. Visitors can experience the tranquility of the temple grounds, adorned with cherry blossoms in spring and vibrant foliage in autumn. Chion-in is a significant cultural and spiritual landmark, offering a peaceful retreat in the heart of Kyoto.

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    Outside visit
    Maruyama Park

    Maruyama Park in Kyoto is a scenic and popular public park known for its picturesque cherry blossoms during spring. Home to the iconic weeping cherry tree, it becomes a vibrant hub for hanami (flower viewing) gatherings. The park offers a serene escape with walking paths, a pond, and traditional tea houses, providing a peaceful oasis in the heart of Kyoto.

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    Outside visit
    Hōkan-ji Temple

    Yasaka Pagoda, located in the historic Higashiyama district of Kyoto, is a striking five-story pagoda that stands as a symbol of the city's cultural heritage. Set against the backdrop of Yasaka Shrine, the pagoda is particularly captivating during cherry blossom season. It offers a glimpse into Kyoto's rich history and serves as a picturesque landmark in the traditional landscape of Gion.

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    Outside visit
    Ninen Zaka Path

    Ninenzaka is a historic and charming stone-paved slope in Kyoto, Japan. Lined with traditional tea houses, shops, and preserved machiya houses, it offers a nostalgic journey through Kyoto's cultural past. The slope connects Kiyomizu-dera Temple to Yasaka Pagoda, providing a picturesque route with a distinctive ambiance that transports visitors to a bygone era.

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    Outside visit

    Sannenzaka, situated in Kyoto, is a scenic and historic stone-paved slope renowned for its preserved traditional architecture and vibrant atmosphere. Connecting to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, this charming street is lined with teahouses, shops, and historic machiya houses, creating a nostalgic and picturesque experience of Kyoto's cultural heritage.

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    Outside visit

    Kiyomizu-dera, perched on a hill in eastern Kyoto, is a renowned UNESCO World Heritage Site. Famous for its wooden terrace that offers panoramic views of the city, the temple is surrounded by lush greenery. Dating back to the 8th century, Kiyomizu-dera is a symbol of Kyoto's rich history and is particularly stunning during the cherry blossom and autumn foliage seasons. The temple complex includes several halls, a waterfall, and the Jishu Shrine, making it a cultural and spiritual centerpiece in Kyoto.

How much does this tour cost?

Free tours do not have a set price, instead, each person gives the guru at the end of the tour the amount that he or she considers appropriate (these usually range from €10 to $50 depending on satisfaction with the tour).

Tour opinions

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Raul 22 May 2024

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Travelled in couple - May 2024
Very good walking tour. Be ready for hills and stairs.
Jadwiga 20 May 2024

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Travelled in couple - May 2024
The tour was great! I've learnt a lot about Kyoto. I do recommend it!
shirley 20 May 2024
Lev HaSharon Regional Council

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Travelled alone - May 2024
Ben was great. Had a lot of knowledge. Answered questions.
Clarissa 20 May 2024

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Travelled in couple - May 2024
If you have limited time in Kyoto, take the tour with Ben - great Guy, giving you lots of fun facts and stunning stories about Kyoto and Japan history :)
Ian McCombe 14 May 2024

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Travelled in couple - May 2024
Ben was very knowledgeable and gave a clear explanation of each site we visited. He was personable and engaged. He allowed us a few short stops and completed the tour in the 3 hour time slot, without rushing or cutting it short. Overall it was one of the better city walks of the many we have been on.
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Who is this tour for?

Non suitable for people with reduced mobility.
Does not accept large group reservations.
Not suitable for pets.

What should you know?

Minimum of attendees
There is no minimum number of people required for the tour.
Additional costs:
The tour does not require the payment of entrance fees or additional expenses.
Free cancellation
If you will not be able to attend the tour, please cancel your booking, otherwise the guide will be waiting for you.
Payment methods
Only cash payment is accepted.
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